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We are now taking bookings for our flu clinic which is being held on Saturday 23rd September.

We are also holding a shingles/flu clinic for those of you who are eligible for both vaccines on 23rd September.

Please contact reception on 01271 329004 to check whether you are eligible and to make an appointment.


Thank you to our patients who completed the national patient survey for Brannam Medical Centre. We have now received the results and would like to share these with you. Please click here to view the results.


We use a messaging system called MJOG which allows us to contact our patients by text and voice message. We have been using this to invite our patients in for their seasonal flu vaccinations, chronic disease recalls and also for appointment reminders.

We would like to make our patients aware that if you receive a voice message starting 'This is a message from Brannam Medical Centre' it is a genuine message from us and please listen to the message all the way through and you will be able to respond.

If you do not wish to receive messages in this way, please contact the reception team.

National Diabetes Audit (NDA): Helping to improve diabetes care

Brannam Medical Centre is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. Please click here for more information.


Please remember to arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment to give your heart rate a chance to steady. Please wear loose clothing and refrain from Caffeine and Nicotine for at least 30 minutes prior to your Blood Pressure appointment.


Clinical pharmacists work as part of the general practice team to resolve day-to-day medicine issues and consult with and treat patients directly. This includes providing extra help to manage long-term conditions, advice for those on multiple medications and better access to health checks. Having a clinical pharmacist in GP practices means GPs can focus their skills where they are most needed, for example on diagnosing and treating patients with complex conditions. This helps GPs manage the demands on their time.

Mrs Rachel Nestel - Senior Clinical Pharmacist

GPhC Number 2059270

Rachel graduated from Cardiff University in 2003 and completed her Pharmacy training at North Devon District Hospital in 2004. Since then she has worked in Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Children's Hospital and North Devon District Hospital again as well as some time working in community pharmacies over the year. She joined the surgery in 2015 as part of an NHS England pilot to trial pharmacists working within general practice.

Outside of work Rachel enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two young children as well as trying to keep fit through running and cycling.

Miss Sarah Barrett - Clinical Pharmacist

GPhC Number 2208585

Sarah graduated from Cardiff University in 2015 with a masters degree in pharmacy. She completed her pre-registration pharmacist training in community pharmacy and went on to manage various branches in South Wales. Sarah transitioned into primary care in 2018 providing clinical support to GP practices across the South West and has now relocated to North Devon to take on the clinical pharmacist role for the Barnstaple Alliance primary care network. Sarah currently works across 4 practices on quality improvement in prescribing and the role will progress as she works through the education pathway towards becoming an independent prescriber.

Mrs Stephanie Furse - Pharmacy Technician

Stephanie worked in community pharmacy for nearly 18 years, initially as a healthcare assistant and becoming a qualified dispenser. She completed a pharmacy technician training course in 2019, before joining Brannam Medical Centre in December 2019 in an exciting new role as practice based pharmacy technician.

Community Midwives

Our Community Midwives normally run clinics at the Practice three times a weeks and share pregnancy care with your GP.  If you think you are pregnant you should see your GP in the first instance, who will then arrange for you to see a midwife.

Maria Drury

Maria joined the Brannam's team in May 2002 and provides antenatal and postnatal care to our patients.

Outside of work Maria enjoys gardening, cross-stitch, reading and cats!

Helen Albert

Community Nurses

Our Community (District) Nurses visit the housebound and provide general nursing care in the community. The team can be contacted on 07870 156592.

For any urgent enquiries, I.e. where a patient requires same day treatment, please contact reception on 01271 329004

Karen Holt
Tracey Nicholls
Jan Gladwin
Lisa Snell
Dawn Bunney
Lorraine Morris

Attached Staff

Social Prescriber

Samera Ismael

Sam is working for the Barnstaple Alliance and will be at Brannams on Mondays and Thursday mornings. She has 28 years experience of working in the public sector, she also has a background of working with a cross section of the community such as working with addiction, learning disabilities, complex needs and young people. Sam's last role was working within secondary adult mental health services.

As a Social Prescriber Sam can support you to identify activities and support to improve your wellbeing and support you in starting them. The kinds of activities available include;

advice and guidance, physical activity, arts and crafts, counselling and much more.

Referral is usually made through your GP.

Community Psychiatric nurse

Referral to the Community Psychiatric nurse is normally made through your doctor.

Community Physiotherapist

We have a Community Physiotherapist at the practice.  Referral is usually made through your doctor.

Health Visitors

Health Visitors are trained in public health nursing.  They are concerned with the promotion of good health and lifestyle, and the prevention of ill health for all age groups.  They hold clinics and offer advice and support on the health, welfare and development of children and their families.

The team can be contacted on 0330 041 5493. Their address is:

Public Health Nursing Team

Barnstaple Health Centre

Vicarage Street


EX32 7BH  

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